Out of nearly all of Apple’s current products, the entry-level iPad is likely the most overdue for an update.
According to 9to5Mac’s sources, the next entry-level iPad will feature Apple’s A14 Bionic Chip, 5G and a USB-C port. The tablet has remained pretty much the same for the last few generations, with processor updates being the only exception.
9to5Mac states that the entry-level iPad will also feature a display that offers the same resolution as the iPad Air’s screen. While the current 9th-gen iPad’s display measures 10.2 inches, the new entry-level iPad could feature a 10.5-inch or 10.9-inch screen, according to the report.
It’s unclear if Apple will also update the entry-level iPad’s design with the more squared-off look the rest of the tablet lineup now offers. Given how ancient the current entry-level iPad looks, I certainly hope Apple opts to refresh the tablet’s design on some level. The iPad also seems to likely still feature a physical Touch ID button.
Later this year, Apple is expected to release a new iPad Pro equipped with an M2 processor, the same chip featured in the recently revealed MacBook Air.
Apple’s current 10.2-inch iPad starts at $429.